Paula Steenson To Receive AAF Omaha’s Highest Honor

For Immediate Release

Teri Hamburger
Executive Director, American Advertising Federation Omaha


OMAHA, NE (Jan. 9, 2017) Paula Steenson, founder and owner of Paula Presents!,
will receive the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Omaha’s top honor, the Silver Medal. The award will be presented during the annual American Advertising Awards-Nebraska Show and Banquet, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln.

The Silver Medal is given to an AAF Omaha member who has achieved success in his or her career, has shown a consistently high degree of creative and original thinking in work endeavors, has striven to increase the stature and raise the standards of the advertising profession and has been active in civic groups, including AAF Omaha itself.

For over 30 years, Steenson has been (and continues to be) a major creative force in the Omaha ad community. During this time, dozens of Nebraska advertising agency writers and designers have worked for her, worked with her or been influenced by her. As the founder and owner of Paula Presents!, she has produced brilliant and memorable events for UNMC, the Omaha World-Herald, Gallup, Scoular, AAF Omaha, Dickens in the Market, Downtown Omaha Inc., the Visiting Nurses Association, the Paxton and many more.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Paula on the AAF Omaha board and can testify to her amazing energy and creative talent,” said Mark Carpenter, partner and executive vice president at SKAR. “Her eye for detail is incredible. The level of quality of the American Advertising Awards-Nebraska shows over the last six years (and in the many years when I wasn’t involved) can be totally attributed to Paula.”

Steenson’s volunteer work in the Omaha community is just as impressive as her professional resumé. She has been a past president and gala chair for Downtown Omaha Inc., a member of the Downtown Omaha Business Improvement Area Board since 2000, a past president and board member of AAF Omaha and has helped develop events like Heat the Streets Run & Walk for Warmth, Benson’s 125th Anniversary Celebration and the Visiting Nurses Association’s Art & Soup fundraiser.

About AAF Omaha
For 113 years the American Advertising Federation Omaha has served as a unifying voice for advertising in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metropolitan area, advocating the rights of advertisers by helping educate policymakers, the news media and general public on the value advertising brings to the well-being of the community. AAF Omaha fosters the highest standards of practice and works to cultivate the industry’s present and future leaders. AAF Omaha has been honored on the district and national levels by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) for its work in advertising education, communications, diversity, government relations, club management, programs, membership and public service. For more information, visit www.aafomaha.org.

American Advertising Awards-Nebraska Show
The American Advertising Awards-Nebraska annual event, which is open to the public, honors advertising and public relations work in the Greater Omaha, Council Bluffs, Lincoln and Kearney areas and is the first step to potential regional and national advertising honors. The awards will be held at Lincoln’s Rococo Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Advertising entry viewing begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. followed by the awards presentation. Tickets are $65 per person and can be obtained by calling 402-561-6625 or ordering online at www.nebraskaaddys.org.


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